Civil War Trust Board of Trustees

Jim Lighthizer - Board of Directors

Kirk Bradley

Chairman of the Board

Chairman of the Board—BBA, University of Georgia Terry College of Business; MBA, Duke University Fuqua School of Business. Chairman, President & CEO of Lee-Moore Oil Company in Sanford, NC. Board of Directors, Heart Center Board at Duke University Medical Center.

Jeffrey R. Rodek

Vice Chairman of the Board

Vice Chairman of the Board—BSME and MBA, The Ohio State University. Senior Lecturer, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University. Former Chairman & CEO, Hyperion Solutions Corp. Previous executive positions with Ingram Micro and Federal Express. Board member of Accelrys Corp. (San Diego), BriefLogic, LLC, PTS Physicians, LLC, and Resource Interactive, LLC (Columbus). Member of President's Council, Colonial Williamsburg.

William J. Hupp


BA, University of Michigan; MBA, University of Chicago. Recipient of the inaugural 2011 Private Equity Manager Leadership Award. Founding Board Member of the Midwest Chapter of the Private Equity CFO Association. Member of the NVCA/CFO Task Force. Partner and CFO of Adams Street Partners, Chicago.

William W. Vodra


Graduate of the College of Wooster (Ohio) and Columbia University School of Law. Held numerous significant positions in federal service, including Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in D.C., Assistant Chief Counsel for the Drug Enforcement Administration, and Associate Chief Counsel for Drugs to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Served on expert panels for the Institute of Medicine and written extensively on food and drug law. Currently Senior Counsel, Arnold & Porter LLP and has been instrumental in securing the firm's pro-bono support for preservation issues. First joined the Civil War Trust Board in 2005 and currently serving his second term. He and his wife Dru have identified 21 direct and collateral ancestors who fought in the Civil War.

Mary Munsell Abroe

BA in History, St. Mary's College, Notre Dame; PhD in American History, Loyola University Chicago. Currently teaches American History and the History of Western Civilization at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, IL. Board of Directors, Save Historic Antietam Foundation; Board of Directors, National Museum of Civil War Medicine; Past President, Civil War Round Table of Chicago.

Trace Adkins

Grammy-nominated Country Music singer with hits including Rough & Ready, Arlington, Honky Tonk Badonkadonk, and Ladies Love Country Boys. Runner up on Celebrity Apprentice and appeared in the movie The Lincoln Lawyer. Recipient of the 2010 DAR Medal of Honor, the 2007 USO Merit Award, and the Wounded Warrior Project's 2010 Talkhouse Award. Author of Trace Adkins, A Personal Stand, Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck. Served as the Civil War Trust's National Celebrity Spokesperson in 2008 and has been a member of the organization since 1999. Inspired to become involved in Civil War battlefield preservation because of his great-great-grandfather, who served in the 31st Louisiana Infantry before being wounded and taken prisoner at Vicksburg.

Harrison "Mac" Bains Jr.

BA, University of Redlands; MBA, University of California, Berkeley. Retired Vice President, Tax and Treasury of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. Former Senior Vice President, Chase Manhattan Bank. Former Senior Vice President and Treasurer, RJR Nabisco.

Don Barrett

Graduate of the University of Mississippi and Ole Miss Law School. One of two partners of a 15-lawyer law firm called the Barrett Law Office, P.A. Involved in numerous high-profile law suits on behalf of clients. Awarded the Public Justice Achievement Award by Trial Lawyers for the Public Justice Foundation; provided foundation donation for the University of Mississippi Center for Civil War Research. Active with the University of Mississippi Foundation.

Edwin C. Bearss

Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service. Director's Special Assistant for Military Sites and former Chief Historian at the National Park Service. Winner of numerous history and preservation awards, including the T. Harry Williams Award, the Bruce Catton Award, the Alvin Calman Award, the Bell I. Wiley Award, the Harry S. Truman Award for Meritorious Service in the Field of Civil War History, and the Civil War Preservation Trust Edwin C. Bearss Lifetime Achievement Award. Nominated for the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal (presently under consideration under H.R. 2059).

Paul W. Bryant, Jr.*

*Chairman Emeritus

Chairman, Bryant Bank, Tuscaloosa, AL. President of Greene Group, a privately held company. Chairman of the Board for the University of Alabama System. Trustee of the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, VA. Chairman Emeritus of the Civil War Trust.

Walter W. Buckley, Jr.

BA and MBA, Cornell University. Founder & President, Buckley Muething Capital Mgmt. Co. Former Chair, Bethlehem Steel Pension Trust. Chair, St. Luke's Hospital Investment Comm. Trustee, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and National Episcopal Church Endowment.

John Campbell

BA, University of California Los Angeles; MBA, University of Southern California. Spent 25 years in the retail automotive industry, working his way up to Dealer Owner/Operator, ultimately representing 15 franchises. In 2000, elected to the California State Legislature and in 2005 to the U.S. Congress. His political career was defined by principled leadership in financial and fiscal issues. In Congress, served as Chairman of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade, and on the Budget Committee and Joint Economic Committee. In 2015, retired from politics with 14 years of full-time elected service, winning 16 straight elections. Now splitting his time between California and Kansas where he has businesses engaged in real estate, farming, and beef cattle production. 

Carlton Crenshaw

MBA, New York University Graduate School of Business. Former Executive Vice President of Finance and CFO at Anteon International Corporation. During his service in the United States Marine Corps, was the recipient of several medals, including the Bronze Star and 2 Purple Hearts. Member of the Marine Corps Association Board of Advisors and Chairman of the Audit Committee. Founder of the Marine Corps Heritage Museum.  

Jeff Dahlgren

Graduate, University of Southern California. President and CEO of AIRTECH, an international family owned and operated company that manufactures carbon composite products for aviation, aerospace, solar power, race cars, and marine industries. AIRTECH has plants in Los Angles, China, the UK, and Luxembourg. Active lecturer at a number of Los Angeles universities on international business. Heavily involved in two historic sites in Southern California: the Banning Museum House and the Drum Barracks. 

Bob Daum

BA, Colgate University; MBA, Harvard University. Investment banker with Dillon Read and Co., Merrill Lynch, Prudential Securities, and UBS. Executive Vice President and CFO at Eliot, Inc. Private investor since 2002. Serves as a trustee with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Chairman of Out2Play, YC. Director, Visiting Nursing Service of New York. Director, Episcopal Social Services of New York. Director of the Royal Oak Foundation, a US affiliate of the UK National Trust. Passionate about history and has visited most of the major Civil War battlefields as well as iconic battlefields throughout the world. 

Vince Dooley

Bachelor's degree and Masters in History, Auburn University. For almost 50 years, has had an enduring impact on the University of Georgia (UGA), Southeastern Conference (SEC), and collegiate athletics across the country, serving as head football coach at UGA from 1963-1989 and as the Director of Athletics from 1979-2004. His contributions to coaching and athletics administration are defined by his place as the only person ever to hold the presidency of both the American Football Coaches Association and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. The most successful coach in Georgia history and the ninth coach in NCAA Division I history with over 200 wins, including one national championship, six SEC titles, and 20 bowl games. Also the author of several books and an accomplished gardener (namesake for the Dooley Blue Hydrangea). 

Lester G. "Ruff" Fant, III

Graduate, Vanderbilt University and Harvard Law School. First joined the Board of the Civil War Trust in 1994 and served as Chairman from 1997-1999. An active duty veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, who rose to the rank of captain and earned a Navy Achievement Medal for his service. Highlights of his legal career include tenures as a partner at Cohen & Retz and Sidley & Austin, where he sat on the executive committee, as well as 18 years as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center. Presently the Chairman of Galway III, LLC, a specialty finance firm in Washington, DC. Also serves as a Trustee of Sidwell Friends School and on the Dean's Advisory Board of Harvard Law School.    

Gary W. Gallagher

BA from Adams State College of Colorado and MA and PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. The John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War and Director of the Nau Center for Civil War History at the University of Virginia. Author or editor of more than 30 books, including The Confederate War (Harvard University Press, 1997), Lee and His Generals in War and Memory (Louisiana State University Press, 1998), Causes Won, Lost, and Forgotten: How Hollywood and Popular Art Shape What We Know About the Civil War (University of North Carolina Press, 2008), The Union War (Harvard University Press, 2011), Becoming Confederates: Paths to a New National Loyalty (University of Georgia Press, 2013), and The American War: A History of the Civil War Era (Spielvogel Books, 2015). Appeared regularly on the Arts and Entertainment Network's series “Civil War Journal” and participating in more than three dozen other television projects in the field. Delivered the 2011 Lamar Lectures at Mercer University, and in 2001-2002, was the Times-Mirror Foundation Distinguished Fellow at the Henry E. Huntington Library in San Marino, California. Also the recipient of the Cavaliers’ Distinguished Teaching Professorship for 2010-2012 (the highest teaching award conveyed by the University of Virginia) and the Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni in 2013. Active in the field of historic preservation, served as President from 1987 to mid-1994 of the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites and has given testimony about battlefield preservation before Congressional committees on several occasions.

Bruce C. Gottwald

Graduate, Virginia Military Institute (VMI). Chairman of the Board, NewMarket Corporation, the parent company of Afton Chemical and Ethyl Corporation. Formerly the President & CEO of Ethyl Corporation and former President of VMI's Board of Visitors.  Currently serves on the Boards of the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar and the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Engineering, both in Richmond.  Also formerly served as a Director of  Dominion Resources, James River Paper (now Georgia Pacific), CSX Corporation, Tredegar Industries, First Colony Corporation (now Genworth Financial), Albemarle Corporation, and the American Petroleum Council.

Michael Grainger

Graduate, University of Montevallo in AL. Retired in 2004 as the President and COO of Ingram Micro Inc., the world's largest technology distributor. Prior to that, was Executive Vice President and CFO. Earlier in his career, held executive financial positions with two companies and served as a Certified Public Accountant at Price Waterhouse. Chairman Emeritus of the Civil War Trust.    

Kate Kelly

Smith College, B.A. Writer and publisher of, a website dedicated to telling little-known stories of America’s past. This has led to many stories related to the Civil War. She is also author of Election Day: An American Holiday, An American History, as well as a six-volume history of medicine for the college market. She has collaborated with doctors and business people to write other consumer books. Former instructor at the Osher Institute, University of California at Los Angeles. Served as trustee for LupusLA, the Friends of Smith College Libraries, and the Westchester County Historical Society. 

Thomas H. Lauer

BS, University of Minnesota; MBA, Harvard Business School. Was a Managing Partner at Advent International Corporation from 1987 until his retirement in 2013. At Advent, held the positions of Chief Operating Officer and, previously, Chief Financial Officer. Worked at Prime Computer, Inc. where he held several senior positions and at the predecessor firm of Deloitte where he was a practicing CPA. Also served as an Officer in the United States Navy. Currently serves on the Boards of Advent and the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary.     

O. James Lighthizer

President of the Civil War Trust—BA, University of Dayton; Juris Doctorate, Georgetown University Law Center. Former partner, Miles and Stockbridge. Former Secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation, Anne Arundel County Executive, and member of the Maryland Legislature. 

Duke R. Ligon

Graduate, Westminster College and University of Texas Law School. Currently the owner/manager of Mekusukey Oil Company and represents many other businesses in the oil and gas industry. Formerly General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Devon Energy, Oklahoma City; Partner with Mayer, Brown & Platt, NYC; Senior Vice President, Bankers Trust Company; Partner with Hardesty, Whyte, Hemphill & Ligon, Washington, DC; Partner, Bracewell & Patterson, Washington, DC; and Director with Blueknight Energy Partners, Emerald Oil Company, PostRock Energy Corporation, System One, and Vantage Drilling. U.S. Army, Captain, Military Intelligence, Bronze Star from service in Vietnam. Avid Civil War buff since he was 10, with three ancestors with Civil War lineage.    

Jeffrey P. McClanathan

Jeff McClanathan is a partner with Gregory, Sharer and Stuart, CPAs, St. Petersburg, Florida. He serves on the following: Strategic Planning Committee of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; Chairman and Board of Trustees President for the HTR Foundation; Board of Trustees, Canterbury School of Florida; Board of Trustees, All Children's Hospital.

John L. Nau, III

BA in History from the University of Virginia. Previously served as the chairman of three top entities in the historic preservation realm: the National Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the Texas Historical Commission, and, from 2009–2011, the Civil War Trust.  Benefactor for a new University of Virginia Center for Civil War History, which will bear his name. Also endowed a chair in the History Department of the University of Virginia to ensure top-quality instruction on the subject of the American Civil War (now held by distinguished Civil War Historian Gary Gallagher). President and CEO, Silver Eagle Distributors, LP, the largest Anheuser-Busch distributor in the U.S. Served on a broad spectrum of civic, community, and philanthropic Boards in support of education, health and hospitals, inner city children, and urban parks and conservation, including the National Park Foundation, Greater Houston Partnership, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Texas State Historical Association, and Admiral Nimitz Foundation.

Stephan Newhouse

BA, Yale University; MBA, Harvard Business School. Former President of Morgan Stanley & Co. and former Chairman of Morgan Stanley International Inc. Served as an officer in the United States Navy from 1969 to 1972. Worked in the investment banking division of First Boston Corporation from 1975 to 1979.  Currently the Director of Alterra Capital Holdings Ltd. and serves on the Advisory Board of CMC Capital Corporation, Hong Kong.

J. Dennis Sexton

Former President and CEO, All Children's Health System, St. Petersburg, FL. Past President, National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions. Chairman, Child Health Corporation of America. Trustee, HTR Foundation.    

Madhu Tadikonda

Madhu Tadikonda is Chief Underwriting Officer at AIG. He joined AIG from Oliver Wyman, where he was a Partner and led the Corporate Finance & Advisory practice in North America. Prior to that, he spent 10 years in the venture capital industry, most recently as a General Partner at Accretive LLC. Mr. Tadikonda holds a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University and an MBA from Stanford. An amateur historian for decades, he is passionate about Civil War and military history and has visited many Civil War battlefields.

Bob Uhler

BS in Civil Engineering and Military Science, the United States Military Academy; Masters in Environmental Engineering, University of Florida. Registered professional engineer in 14 states. Retired from MWH Global Inc., one of the world's largest water engineering and construction global companies in 2012 after a 36-year career. In his last 12 years of service to MWH, served as the Chairman and CEO and currently holds the title of Chairman Emeritus. During service in Viet Nam, was awarded for combat action two Bronze Stars, six Combat Air medals, and two Army Commendation medals. Presently the President/Owner of The Uhler Group, which provides strategic advice and CEO mentoring for private equity firms' portfolio companies. Also serves on the Board of the Smithsonian's National American History Museum.  

Susan Whitaker

Graduate, Northwestern University. From 2003 to 2015, served as Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, a cabinet-level position to which she was appointed by three consecutive gubernatorial administrations. In 2013, was named National Tourism Director of the Year by the U.S. Travel Association's National Council of State Travel Directors. Also serves as the co-chair of the Tennessee's Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, Board Member for the Franklin Battle Trust, Secretary of the U.S. Travel Association's Board of Directors, Co-Chair of the Tennessee State Fair Commission, and Member of the Smokey Mountains Park Commission. Although a Chicago native, she is a direct descendent of Tennessee's first Governor John Sevier.

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